According to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there is no doubt that a provocation with chemical weapons is being planned in jihadist-held Idlib province.
Russia has had facts of this and they were handed over to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
He added that Damascus has every right to expel terrorists from its territory.
“I have been asked whether the agreements between Russia and Turkey have been reached, but you have forgotten to mention the Syrian Arab Republic, especially with regard to the legitimate authorities of Syria, who have every right to preserve their sovereignty and expel and liquidate [any] terrorist threat from their territory,” Lavrov said, answering the question about regularizing the situation at Idlib.
Terrorists are opposed to the separation of the opposition in Idlib and try in any way not to leave the moderate position of this region, he said.
“In this region, there must be separation of the military oppositions, ready for dialogue with the government, the terrorists of the [Al-Qaeda affiliated] Al-Nusra Front and other organizations recognized as terrorists by the UN Security Council. Terrorists oppose this separation,” he said.
Lavrov noted that terrorists “try financially and in other ways, including intimidation, not to allow the military formations that are part of the al-Nusra Front … to leave this region and even force them to co-operate with them.”
In addition, he mentioned that negotiations on the creation of the humanitarian corridors in the Syrian province of Idlib are under way.
“Yesterday, the Syrian minister once again emphasized that the Syrian government makes attempts to establish local pacification in the area of Idlib to reach an agreement with those villages, with those neighborhoods of cities where the local authorities demonstrate themselves ready for this, or with those who control the territory,” the minister said.
“Negotiations on the creation of humanitarian corridors are also ongoing,” he added.
The Russian foreign minister stressed that Moscow is ready to strengthen the mutual cooperation between Russia and the US in relation to Syria – in both the military and political sectors.
“We are interested in ensuring that our cooperation on resolving the crisis in that part of the Middle East and North Africa is more objective, more focused on regularizing the agreement, including in the political sector,” he said.
“We will be ready to move in that direction as long as the American side sees it as possible for us,” the minister added.